Deputy Finds 200 Pounds Of Pot During Traffic Stop In OKC

Monday, August 12th 2013, 3:39 pm
By: News 9

A deputy discovered boxes filled with marijuana after stopping a driver for traffic violations in Oklahoma City.

On August 10, an Oklahoma County Sheriff's deputy was driving east on E. Reno near E.K. Gaylord Boulevard when he noticed the driver of a white van make an illegal lane change. The van's license plate was also partially concealed by a frame that read "Let's Roll America."

The deputy initiated a traffic stop and spoke with the driver, 22-year-old Adrian Castro. The deputy says Castro gave him a fake Texas identification card then claimed he'd had the illegal ID made before he was 21 years old so he could get into clubs.

The deputy also asked Castro for proof the van was insured, but Castro could not provide any.

While speaking to Castro, the deputy smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the van. The deputy requested additional deputies and a K9 unit come to the scene to check the vehicle.

The K9 indicated there were drugs in the van. Deputies cracked open four, large wooden boxes. The boxes were insulated with spray foam, and tightly packed with packages of marijuana. The drugs weighed a little less than 200 pounds.

"This was a great job by our deputy who took the extra steps of doing a thorough field investigation which led to getting these illegal drugs off the streets", said Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel.

Castro was arrested and booked into the Oklahoma County jail for trafficking illegal drugs, possession of false identification, failure to show insurance and travelling left of center. Castro is being held on a $26,000 bond.